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Title IX and Pregnancy

What does Title IX say about pregnant students on campus?
Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex, to include pregnancy, in educational programs and activities. As a result, faculty and staff members must allow students to continue participating in classes and/or extracurricular activities. Additionally, after a student discloses needs based on pregnancy faculty and staff should also work to provide students with reasonable adjustments, as necessary. Please note, for optimal adjustments, students should disclose needs based on pregnancy to faculty and staff as soon as possible.

What type of academic adjustments should I expect?
All academic or activity adjustments should be discussed with the appropriate faculty or staff member and the University’s Title IX Coordinator, before implementation; however, a few examples of acceptable adjustments include:

  • Excused absences due to pregnancy or childbirth. To the extent possible, students should provide prior notice of absence due to pregnancy or childbirth.
  • Providing the opportunity to make up any work missed while the student was out. Students are expected to discuss these adjustments prior to assignment deadlines.

 Please note:

  • Students are still expected to honor the Trinity Honor Code and should complete classes with high levels of academic integrity.
  • Students may not refuse to submit assignments and should work with faculty members to submit assignments based on the adjustments provided.

When should I disclose a pregnancy?
In order to receive the best support possible, students should disclose needs based on pregnancy to faculty or staff members as soon as possible. Upon disclosing this information, the faculty or staff member will work out an appropriate adjustment procedure, with direction from Trinity’s Title IX Coordinator. In many cases, the student may be asked for appropriate documentation in order to put a suitable adjustment in place. Students also have the choice of reaching out to Trinity’s Title IX Coordinator, Sarah Phelps, directly at 202-884-9049.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website regarding Title IX and Pregnancy.

For more information, please contact Dr. Karen Gerlach at 202-884-9203 or via e-mail at



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